Category Archives: Fire

Guelph Fire asks residents to take care with fireplaces and space heaters

January 3, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 3, 2018 – The Guelph Fire Department is asking residents to take extra care this winter when using fireplaces or space heaters to heat their home. As the number of residents using extra sources to supplement their heating increases so does the risk of a fire. “Half of all home heating fires are reported during just three months out of the year: December, January and February,” says Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department. You can do your part in reducing the number of heating-related fires by following these tips for safe home heating: Fireplaces (gas and wood burning) Install wood burning and gas fireplaces following the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation Make… Continue reading Guelph Fire asks residents to take care with fireplaces and space heaters


Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16

December 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont. December 14, 2017 – On Saturday, December 16, the City’s police, firefighters and paramedics will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank. The sixth annual Stuff an Emergency Vehicle event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Zehrs located at 1045 Paisley Road. This year, organizers are hoping to collect more than 12,000 pounds of food. Since 2012, more than 61,700 pounds and $16,702 in cash has been collected. “Guelph is a caring and generous city, and support of this annual food drive has been amazing. We’re excited to see how many emergency vehicles will be stuffed with much-needed food this year—food that will go to individuals and families in need… Continue reading Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16


Fire at City’s organics facility extinguished by fire department

December 7, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 7, 2017—Around noon today a fire broke out at the City’s Organic Waste Processing Facility, located at 110 Dunlop Drive. The Guelph Fire Department attended the scene and extinguished the fire. Staff was safely evacuated and no injuries are reported. Although only one of the facility’s four processing lines was affected by the fire, the City has shut down the whole facility until the affected area can be cleared out and damages assessed. Scheduled organics collection for Guelph residents will not be affected and public access to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre remains open. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess damages before the facility is brought back into operation. An update will be provided… Continue reading Fire at City’s organics facility extinguished by fire department


Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge

November 21, 2017

Last night’s fire in Cambridge caused odours in Guelph. People can resume outdoor activities unless they experience coughing or throat irritation. Continue reading Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge


Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations

November 17, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 17, 2017 – Guelph’s firefighters are collecting toys for The Salvation Army as part of their annual Christmas campaign that kicks off today. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys for infants and children and $25 gift cards for teens can be dropped off anytime at any one of the City’s six fire stations until Sunday, December 17. Needed items include new toys for boys and girls in the age groups zero to two and seven to 11. “Opening our fire halls to accept toys is one way we can give back to the community we serve and to help make Christmas a little more special for Guelph families in need,” says Guelph Fire Chief John Osborne. The fire stations are located at: 50… Continue reading Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations


Learn about fire safety on October 14

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Depot, 63 Woodlawn Rd. West. Residents can learn more about fire safety in the home through educational family-oriented activities. Inside the store, children are invited to build a fire house bank. Outside, residents are invited to meet firefighters, check out the antique fire truck and inflatable fire safety house, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to put out a cooking fire, and how to make an escape plan. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance. Fire Prevention Week 2017 During Fire Prevention Week, October 8 to 14, the Guelph… Continue reading Learn about fire safety on October 14


Notice: Fireworks bylaw exemption – University of Guelph

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 Under the authority of the City of Guelph’s Fireworks Bylaw (1993)–14362, an exemption has been granted to the University of Guelph (50 Stone Road East) to permit the discharge of fireworks on a date otherwise identified within the bylaw. Specifically, the applicant has been granted an exemption to allow for the discharge of fireworks to occur between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on October 2, 2017 at Alumni Stadium (26 Powerhouse Lane). If you have questions or concerns regarding this exemption, please contact the City’s Fire Prevention Office at 519-763-8111. For more information Tony Sabatini Chief Fire Prevention Officer Guelph Fire Department 519-822-1260 extension 2140 tony.sabatini@guelph.ca  


Guelph Fire Department maintains accreditation status

July 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 27, 2017 – Today, for the second time in its history, the Guelph Fire Department has successfully achieved accreditation status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Achieving accreditation means the fire department has met international performance standards, is performing its services and duties well, and is aligned with best practices in the industry. “We’re thrilled that Guelph continues to be among a handful of fire organizations in Canada to achieve accreditation, which is an achievement that every member of the Guelph Fire Department and emergency services team can be proud of as it shows that we are a quality agency,” says Colleen Clack, deputy CAO Public Services. Earlier today, Clack, Fire Chief John Osborne, Deputy Chief Dave Elloway, and Accreditation Coordinator… Continue reading Guelph Fire Department maintains accreditation status


City welcomes Steven Goode as deputy chief of Operations

April 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Today, Fire Chief John Osborne announced the selection of Steven Goode as the City’s new deputy chief of Operations with the Guelph Fire Department. In his role, Goode will be responsible for the department’s daily operations. Specifically, he will oversee the suppression, training and fire prevention divisions. Goode comes to the City with more than 23 years of experience within the fire service as a full-time and volunteer firefighter. Most recently, he has served as captain with the Cambridge Fire Department and Fire Chief of Puslinch Fire and Rescue Service. “Steve is an accomplished senior leader who brings thorough, first-hand knowledge of the fire service,” says Osborne, adding, “His demonstrated leadership at fires bordering Guelph, Puslinch Township, and… Continue reading City welcomes Steven Goode as deputy chief of Operations


City asks for a judicial review on fire interest arbitration award

March 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 6, 2017 — On February 21, 2017, the City of Guelph received the board’s decision on the interest arbitration between the City and the Guelph Professional Fire Fighters Association (GPFFA). The arbitrator awarded Guelph firefighters a 7.47 per cent increase in wages over three years (2.75% for 2015, 2.47% for 2016, and 2.25% in 2017), as well as a 1.99 per cent increase in benefits. The City respects the arbitration board’s authority to render its award, but the law provides that judicial review of an arbitral award is available in the appropriate circumstances. The City has reviewed the award and believes that this is an appropriate case to apply to the court for judicial review of the arbitral award. “Our application for… Continue reading City asks for a judicial review on fire interest arbitration award


Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations

December 7, 2016

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – For more than 40 years, Guelph’s firefighters have volunteered their time to distribute Christmas hampers on behalf of the Salvation Army Guelph Citadel. This year, the fire service is increasing its commitment to helping individuals and families in need. “Opening our fire halls to accept toys for children in Guelph is one way we can be part of the magic of the season and hopefully put a smile on the face of a child on Christmas morning,” says Guelph Fire Chief John Osborne. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys for infants and children and $25 gift cards for teens can be dropped off at any one of the City’s six fire stations as part of the Salvation Army Toy… Continue reading Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations


Guelph Fire recognizes two community members for bravery

November 3, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2016 – On Monday, November 7, the Guelph Fire Department will recognize local residents Donie Fogarty and Rafael Ramirez for their bravery in helping to rescue an elderly couple from their burning home. On September 23, shortly after 10 p.m., a fire broke out at a Northumberland Street home in Guelph’s downtown area. Neighbours, who noticed the blaze, called 911 and attempted to alert the homeowners that their house was on fire. With no response, Fogarty and Ramirez forced their way into the burning house. Ramirez found a male resident and guided him outside. At that time, the resident told Ramirez that his wife was still inside the house and not able to get out. Fogarty went inside the front of… Continue reading Guelph Fire recognizes two community members for bravery


Fire Prevention Day in Guelph is October 15

October 5, 2016

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, October 5 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 15. The event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot, located at 63 Woodlawn Rd., West. Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about fire safety in the home. Inside the store, children are invited to build a model fire truck. Outside, residents are invited to meet and speak with firefighters, check out the antique fire truck, and tour Guelph’s interactive fire safety trailer to learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance. Fire Prevention Week 2016 During Fire Prevention Week, October 9… Continue reading Fire Prevention Day in Guelph is October 15


Fire Service arbitration hearing is open to the public

October 4, 2016

The City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association head into interest arbitration. Arbitration hearing is open to the public. Continue reading Fire Service arbitration hearing is open to the public


Guelph Fire asks residents to use caution if cooking outdoors

July 5, 2016

Outdoor, recreational fires not allowed in Guelph Guelph, Ont., July 5, 2016 – In the interest of public safety, the Guelph Fire Department is encouraging residents—when cooking outdoors—to use appliances (e.g. barbecue) that are connected to propane, natural gas or electricity. Even though open air burning for cooking is allowed, with the hot and dry weather that Guelph and much of the province is experiencing there is an increased risk of a fire burning out of control. Cooking over an open flame can cause wind-blown embers to land on nearby grass and plants, which can start a fire. The Guelph Fire Department also reminds residents that the use of outdoor fire pits, chimineas and other devices are not allowed in Guelph at any time of… Continue reading Guelph Fire asks residents to use caution if cooking outdoors


Guelph Fire recognizes two community members for fire safety efforts

May 4, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 4, 2016 – Tomorrow, the Guelph Fire Department will recognize two local individuals for their efforts in promoting fire safety in the community. Brady Valeriote, a Grade 5 student at St. Patrick Catholic School, will be recognized for promoting fire safety in the home—the topic for his speech that garnered a third place finish at the all school speech finals in Guelph. Valeriote’s amplification of fire safety messaging reached hundreds of people. John Gibson, a Guelph resident, will be recognized for putting into practice fire safety after the fire alarm in his building was activated on March 12 as a result of a fire in an upper hallway. His quick action in locating a portable fire extinguisher led to the fire being… Continue reading Guelph Fire recognizes two community members for fire safety efforts


Seasoned fire and EMS leader comes to Guelph as interim fire chief

November 19, 2015

Guelph, Ont., November 19, 2015 – Today, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson announced the selection of Andy MacDonald as the City of Guelph’s interim general manager of Emergency Services and fire chief. MacDonald, former fire chief for the City of Brampton and current director of Fire Management Studies at Humber College, has had a long career in fire and the emergency management services. “Andy is an accomplished senior municipal leader who is highly regarded in municipal circles on account of his proven track record,” says Thomson. “Andy brings both thorough, first-hand knowledge of the fire and EMS sector, and broad senior management experience in municipal government, making him an outstanding selection.” MacDonald has held a variety of fire service positions including deputy fire chief… Continue reading Seasoned fire and EMS leader comes to Guelph as interim fire chief


Arbitration dates set for City and Guelph firefighters’ contract negotiations

November 19, 2015

Guelph, Ont., November 19 – The City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) will resume contract discussions through interest arbitration next year. The two arbitration dates—March 10 and October 18, 2016—and the arbitration chair, Mr. Jim Hayes, have now been agreed to by both parties. “Arbitration is necessary at this point since the City and the GPFFA are unable to agree on what’s affordable for our community and fair to our firefighters,” said the City’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “A mutually agreed to contract is always our preference, and we remain available to meet and negotiate with the GPFFA until arbitration starts.” In June, the City announced the negotiations were at an impasse at the end of the conciliation process and arbitration is… Continue reading Arbitration dates set for City and Guelph firefighters’ contract negotiations


City and Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association file for conciliation

May 12, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 12, 2015 – After seven negotiation meetings between the City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA), both parties are seeking assistance from a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator. Two more negotiation meetings are scheduled for June 9 and 10. Conciliation is a next step in the collective bargaining process when a union or employer requests assistance from the Ministry of Labour to help the parties reach a freely-negotiated collective agreement. The City is hoping a Ministry-appointed conciliator will help the two parties come to terms and avoid going to arbitration. “The current proposal from the GPFFA exceeds Council’s mandate. With the help of a conciliator we are hoping to reach a more affordable settlement that provides equitable and competitive compensation for… Continue reading City and Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association file for conciliation


City and firefighters continue negotiations May 12

May 11, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 11, 2015—The City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) met today, and will continue contract negotiations tomorrow. Negotiations began on Friday, February 27. The bargaining teams have exchanged proposals and participated in negotiation meetings on March 5, 6, 10, and 11. “Guelph firefighters deserve to be paid well for performing services that help keep our community safe,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of human resources. “We’re working toward an agreement that is fair for Guelph firefighters, is consistent with settlements with other unionized employee groups and considers the impact on taxes, other city services and the community as a whole.” Guelph Fire and Emergency Services will not be affected or disrupted during contract negotiations. Updates and related media… Continue reading City and firefighters continue negotiations May 12